Santa Margarita River Trail

MODERATE 535 reviews

Santa Margarita River Trail is a 5.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Fallbrook, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
715 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

I-15 N to Fallbrook exit. Take Mission Rd. 5 mi. E; turn N onto Pico Ave. (becomes De Luz Rd.). Continue 2.4 mi.; go R @ fork onto Sandia Creek Dr. N. Parking area is in 1 mi. (just before bridge); trailhead is E of lot.

backpacking
5 hours ago

Awesome trail! I wouldn't say this is a moderate trail...fairly easy to be honest. There are a lot of activities to do if you have kiddos with you. Our baby did this trail very well and she's only two. Only had to carry her the last .5, which was really awesome!!
Trail is pretty well kept and taken care of. Plan extra time if you want to explore then little loops within the trail.

hiking
14 hours ago

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birding
1 day ago

hiking
7 days ago

Does the trail actually cross the river? Are there trail markers?

hiking
8 days ago

14 days ago

Nice, well maintained, trail with lots of shade & some really pretty views. Would definitely go back!

hiking
16 days ago

This is my favorite San Diego trail by far. It's a beautiful, well maintained trail along a clean river that weaves in and out of trees. Perfect for people living in the city who need to recharge in nature :)

19 days ago

I really enjoy this trail. I love that it is near water and still have water in it during the summer. My 2 year old loves seeing all the horses that also use this trail. Lots of points to access the creek. Nice shaded areas too.

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hiking
1 month ago

Peaceful. Good place to go to think

1 month ago

Peaceful. Good place to go to think

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hiking
1 month ago

This is a beautiful, easy hike. Sad to see the place get trashed and parts of the property blocked off because people can't respect it though.